!XTPLOCK5.0 File Extension' Ransomware
Posted: October 13, 2016
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|First Seen:||October 13, 2016|
|Last Seen:||May 28, 2021|
The '!XTPLOCK5.0 File Extension' Ransomware is a Trojan that encrypts your files while erasing any local backups that could restore them from their enciphered state. Victims are subjected to ransom demands via Bitcoins, after receiving the '!XTPLOCK5.0 File Extension' Ransomware's were the con artists claim that they'll provide a decryptor. Because of the high failure rates in these 'deals,' malware experts advise using anti-malware protection for removing the '!XTPLOCK5.0 File Extension' Ransomware, and non-local backups for undoing the damage it causes.
The Price of Trusting Fake Tax Forms
Threat campaigns often experience updates designed for avoiding previous security solutions or tweaking other details of well-publicized attacks, such as changing a distribution exploit to one that's less well known. Whether a particular Trojan is a spinoff of one of these old campaigns, or an independent threat, it requires traditional means of compromising your PC. As an heir apparent to the MadLocker Ransomware (or DMA Locker Ransomware) campaign, the '!XTPLOCK5.0 File Extension' Ransomware exemplifies this fact.
The '!XTPLOCK5.0 File Extension' Ransomware compromises the victim's PC by posing as a fake tax return document. Opening the PDF file triggers exploits that install the '!XTPLOCK5.0 File Extension' Ransomware, which proceeds to encrypt data on any drives it can access, such as documents. The format of both its encryption attack and follow-up functions are highly similar to those of the MadLocker Ransomware, down to using the same names for its extortion messages.
When it finishes blocking your files, the '!XTPLOCK5.0 File Extension' Ransomware generates the previously-mentioned ransom demand in a Notepad document. The campaign asks for over one thousand USD equivalent in Bitcoin currency to decrypt your data. Like many file encryption Trojans, the '!XTPLOCK5.0 File Extension' Ransomware also stops you from using a data-restoring rollback by erasing any default Windows backups.
Note that, as an almost certain relative of the MadLocker Ransomware, the '!XTPLOCK5.0 File Extension' Ransomware also may display other attacks, of which malware experts emphasize:
- The '!XTPLOCK5.0 File Extension' Ransomware may block various instant messaging apps or social networking websites.
- The '!XTPLOCK5.0 File Extension' Ransomware may use the infected PC's hardware for launching Denial-of-Service attacks that flood targeted servers with fake traffic, crashing them.
Filing the '!XTPLOCK5.0 File Extension' Ransomware's Profits in the Red
Malware researchers deem most of the '!XTPLOCK5.0 File Extension' Ransomware campaign's characteristics as being in line with attacks against corporate and business entities. Others in the security sector already estimate that most attacks are taking place against targets in Australia and the United Kingdom. For those in those nations, the usual cautions apply: the '!XTPLOCK5.0 File Extension' Ransomware may deliver itself through fake tax invoices and other content that is attachable to spam email. Once the authors of the '!XTPLOCK5.0 File Extension' Ransomware gain access to a system, they may try to spread the scope of the attack by cracking weak network passwords.
The probability of getting all data decrypted by paying the '!XTPLOCK5.0 File Extension' Ransomware campaign is far from one hundred percent, and, in many cases, con artists merely take their money and run. Valuable server and business data always should be protected by backups stored non-locally, in locations that the '!XTPLOCK5.0 File Extension' Ransomware infections can't encrypt or delete.
Simple anti-malware protection software, if up-to-date with the latest threats, should find few issues with removing the '!XTPLOCK5.0 File Extension' Ransomware before it encrypts any content. However, even the best security software can't always shield a victim from the sometimes high cost of mistakes like opening a PDF that isn't what it seems.
Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats
If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to !XTPLOCK5.0 File Extension' Ransomware may have infected your computer, we recommend you start an in-depth system scan with SpyHunter. SpyHunter is an advanced malware protection and remediation application that offers subscribers a comprehensive method for protecting PCs from malware, in addition to providing one-on-one technical support service.
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